ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes hailed his team as they thrashed Motherwell 3-0 at Fir Park for their first win in three games.
Stephen Robinson’s side had been victorious in five of their past six league games to sit in third place, but never recovered from James Scott’s fifth-minute penalty miss which was magnificently tipped over the bar by Joe Lewis.
That proved to be an early turning point and Sam Cosgrove, turning in a Man of the Match performance, raced away 10 minutes later to leave Mark Gillespie helpless with a delightful chip.
Two spectacular second-half strikes from Niall McGinn and Zak Vyner made certain the points were heading back to Pittodrie with the side moving to within a point of Well.
Cosgrove’s excellent effort was his 15th of the campaign and the big Englishman has claimed five in the same number of games.
Dons gaffer McInnes, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “After Joe’s save we only got better. We counter-attacked brilliantly, we looked brilliant throughout. We kept a team who are going great relatively quiet.
“Obviously, I’m very pleased with the clean sheet and pleased we scored three and could have scored maybe one or two more.
“By and large it was a very good team performance.”
Disappointed Well chief Robinson added: “We haven’t got carried away when we’ve won games and we’re not going to get too down now that we’ve lost. We’re still in third place and we’ll go again.
“We’re a young squad and at times in the second-half I thought we looked young. Three young boys made mistakes and they got punished for it.
“But they’re the life and soul of the football club, so we’ll put an arm around them, pick them back up again and, hopefully, they’ll respond to that.”